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James Westaby

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Scholarly Interests

  • Dynamic network theory: How social networks influence goal pursuit and performance
  • Combining social network analysis and goal theories
  • Social interaction analysis of dyads, couples, and groups
  • Behavioral reasoning theory and the prediction of individual behavior
  • Computational models of complex social, organizational, and leadership systems

Selected Publications

  • Westaby, J. D. (2012). Dynamic network theory: How social networks influence goal pursuit. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Westaby, J. D., Pfaff, D. L., & Redding, N. (2014). Psychology and social networks: A dynamic network theory perspective. American Psychologist, 69, 269-284. See "Papers" tab on this page for PDF copy.
  • Westaby, J. D., & Redding, N. (2014). Social networks, social media, and conflict resolution. In P.T. Coleman, M. Deutsch, & E.C. Marcus (Eds.), The handbook of conflict resolution: Theory and practice (3rd ed.). pp. 998-1022. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Westaby, J. D., Woods, N., & Pfaff, D. L. (in press). Extending dynamic network theory to group and social interaction analysis: Uncovering key behavioral elements, cycles, and emergent states. Organizational Psychology Review.

  • Westaby, J. D. (2005). Behavioral reasoning theory: Identifying new linkages underlying intentions and behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 98, 97-120.
  • Westaby, J. D., & Lowe, J. K. (2005). Risk taking orientation and injury among youth workers: Examining the social influence of supervisors, coworkers, and parents. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1297-1305.
  • Westaby, J. D., Probst, T. M., & Lee, B. C. (2010). Leadership decision-making: A behavioral reasoning theory analysis. Leadership Quarterly, 21, 481-495.
  • Westaby, J. D., Versenyi, A., & Hausmann, R. C. (2005). Intentions to work during terminal illness: An exploratory study of antecedent conditions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 1027-1035.
  • ORLJ 4901: Research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

    ORLJ 5018: Using survey research in organizational consulting

    Prerequisite: ORLJ 4009. This course illustrates how to conduct survey research for organizational change initiatives. The following topics are covered: entering into survey research consulting, selecting concepts, conducting focus groups, survey construction and administration, data analysis, identifying needs, survey feedback techniques, and final reports. Students develop a survey-based project from initial conceptualization to final report presentation.

    ORLJ 5115: Social networks and performance

    This course allows students to understand how social networks influence performance in a wide variety of settings. Relevant topics in the application of social network ideology are explored, such as motivated goal pursuits, leadership processes, and the structure of group and organizational networks. The course also explores important interpersonal processes through a social network lens, such as human conflict, emotional contagion, and helping behavior.

    ORLJ 6346: Research workgroup in social-organizational psychology: Dynamic Network Lab

    Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

    ORLJ 6901: Advanced research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

    ORLJ 8900: Dissertation advisement in social-organizational psychology

    Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

    Documents & Papers

    Psychology and social networks: A dynamic network theory perspective. American Psychologist, 69, 269-284

    Download: Dynamic Network Theory [PDF]

    James Westaby appeared in the following articles:

    Uniform Praise (2/16/2012)

    Analyzing the Webs We Weave (12/16/2011)

    What's New On TC Web (9/18/2001 6:07:26 PM)

    Teachers College Welcomes Sixteen New Faculty (8/1/1998)